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Wed 7 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 8 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 9 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 10 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 11 Oct 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: leonie25

Train inspired activities running every day through the school holidays. Join the treasure hunt round the park to find Nelson Railways lost Railway Stations and other activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ruth Page’s valiant efforts to keep Nelson’s railway open Founders Heritage Park.

Today very little remains of the railway line which once ran from Nelson to Gowanbridge. The railway proved to be too costly to run and in 1954 the decision was taken to close it.

After much public pressure the railway was granted a year long reprieve but it failed to reach the freight targets set and closure was again imminent. On 20 September 1955 Ruth Page lead a group of women in a week-long sit-in on the line at Kiwi Station. The protest was unsuccessful leading to the arrest of nine of the women and on 21 December 1955 demolition crews at Glenhope began dismantling the railway.